Doctors have highlighted the importance of using fluoride toothpaste to protect against oral diseases such as tooth decay and gum infections.
Dental Specialist Dr. Sonali Ranatunga speaking at a media briefing held at the Health Promotion Bureau yesterday on the occasion of World Oral Health Day said oral cancer is common among men while good oral hygiene such as brushing teeth twice a day and reducing sweet intake can prevent such illnesses.
Dr. Ranatunga said many fluoride toothpastes are marketed through media with some that don’t include fluoride also promoted.
She noted that using toothpaste that includes fluoride strengthens teeth of children and adults.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ranatunga explained that oral cancer can be detected at an early stage with the most common symptoms being the change in the colour of the inside of the mouth and identifying oral wounds early.
She said oral cancers are common and are most often than not diagnosed in the final stages.
Dr. Ranatunga added treatment for oral cancer can significantly reduce the impact cancer can have.
She requested the public to visit a dentist every six months or annually to ensure oral healthcare is upheld.